Pupil Support

Welcome to the Support for Learning Department

Courses offered:

AC Classes
Support Studies
Additional Arrangements
Positive Transitions

Description of each course:

AC Classes – in S1-S3 our AC Classes in English, Maths, Modern Languages and Social Subjects benefit from enhanced support.  In addition to the class teacher, there is a Key Teacher from Support for Learning and a Support for Learning Assistant.  This ensures that within the class, pupils are able to access a high level of support with their coursework.

Support Studies –  classes run in S3-4 for pupils who require additional support to meet the demands of their range of academic studies.  Pupils are timetabled to work with a Key Teacher for three periods per week and will develop Study Skills as well as Core Skills.

Additional Arrangements – our Key Teachers carry out testing, where appropriate, to identify where pupils may benefit from Additional Arrangements for course work, tests and exams.  These arrangements may include: Extra Time, Reader, Scribe, ICT, Separate Accommodation.  Key Teachers then work with their caseload of pupils to ensure that pupils make the most of these arrangements.  Our Support for Learning Assistants help to deliver these arrangements in classes and during exam time.


The Best of You Base has been created to provide additional support for identified pupils who are at risk of disengaging from education.   Pupils access the base to support their engagement in learning, reduce disruption to classes and pupils, and as an alternative to exclusion.

The base is founded on the following six nurturing principles:

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally.
  • The school offers a safe base.
  • Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem.
  • Language is a vital means of communication.
  • All behaviour is communication of an unmet need.
  • Transitions are significant in children’s lives.

In the base, pupils can engage in small groups with key members of staff.  They each have a planned programme of work and in addition can access the base to receive help when times are difficult and to manage a calm start to the day.

Mrs A Murray is the Key Teacher with lead responsibility for Nurture at Braes High School.

Positive Transitions

Our Positive Transitions programme focuses on two main areas: supporting pupils to attain academic qualifications and providing additional opportunities to gain awards, qualifications and experience that will enable pupils to secure a positive destination beyond school.

Academic Qualifications:

All pupils will continue to focus on their academic subjects as per their course choices and support will be provided by class teachers and House Teams to ensure pupils attain relevant and meaningful qualifications.

It is expected that all S4 pupils will undertake a minimum of 5 certificated classes at the beginning of S4.

If a pupil has completed a qualification, and pupils, parents/carers, Faculty and Pastoral Heads have agreed that the pupil will no longer continue with a particular subject, the pupil will be referred to our Positive Transitions Teacher, who will work with them to provide alternative qualifications and a programme of work experience.

Additional Qualifications


Additional qualifications offered may include one or more of the following:

  • REHIS Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Saltire Award – a youth volunteering award
  • Bronze or Silver Crest Award – (a British Science Association award)
  • Safe Road User Award (SCQF Level 4)
  • NPA Enterprise and Employability (SCQF Level 4 or 5)
  • Employability Award (SCQF Level 3 or 4)

Staff Members

Faculty Head/Principal Teacher          Ms H Malloy
Teacher                                                        Mrs K Bateman
Teacher                                                        Mr K Deane
Teacher                                                        Miss L King
Teacher                                                        Mrs McWhattie
Teacher                                                        Mrs A Murray
Teacher (Positive Transitions)             Mrs J White


SfL Assistant                                               Mrs M Branscombe
SfL Assistant                                               Mrs L Fotheringham
SfL Assistant                                               Mrs D Hay
SfL Assistant                                               Ms N Horne
SfL Assistant                                               Mrs J McGeachie
SfL Assistant                                               Mrs C Plenderleith
SfL Assistant                                               Ms C Wood


Further information on each course can be accessed by clicking the relevant link below

The Nurture Group Network